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English definition of “dig sth up”

dig sth up

verb uk phrasal verb with dig   /dɪɡ/ (present participle digging, past tense and past participle dug) us  

(MOVE SOIL)

to take something out of the ground by digging: It's time we dug up those potatoes. to break the ground or to make a hole in it with a tool, machine, etc.: They're digging up the road outside to repair the electricity cables.

(INFORMATION)

to discover secret or forgotten facts by searching very carefully: I've been doing some research on our family history and I've dug up some interesting information. She's one of those journalists who's always trying to dig up dirt on (= unpleasant private details about) celebrities.
(Definition of dig sth up from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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